Exchange Studies

To our partner schools!

Note that due to the current situation regarding the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, Umeå University has decided to extend the nomination and application deadline for incoming exchange students to Umeå for the upcoming autumn term/full academic year 2020/2021. The new nomination and application deadline will be 30 April 2020.

Umeå University has introduced a new system for nominations called SoleMOVE. For the nomination and application round autumn term 2020 we therefore want all nominations to be submitted online in SoleMOVE. The nomination is made in two steps:

1. The coordinator at the student's home university submits the nomination.

2. The student logs in to complete the nomination information.

To receive log in details we need all our partner schools to send us the name and email address of the person who will nominate the student. Also we need the name of the student's home university. Once we have received all details, we will create a user account and an automatic e-mail with instructions will be sent to the specified coordinator.

The nomination and application period for exchange students to Umeå University is open and we look forward to receiving your nominations! Should there be any questions, please contact us.

Here's a page on Umeå Unviersity's website for existing and future partner universities with mobility facts and figures as well as information about various international cooperation and networks.


How to apply

Step 1. Nomination
In order to apply to us there must be an exisiting partner agreement between us and your home university. If there is such an agreement you have to let your International Coordinator know that you want to apply so that he/she can nominate you for the exchange studies.

New extended deadline for nominating students to the autumn term 2020: 30 April.

Step 2. Applying for courses
After you have been nominated by your Coordinator and you have logged in to complete the nomination information, you will receive an automatic e-mail with instructions how to apply for courses. Please note that the e-mail may occasionally be caught in the spam folder.

New extended deadline for the selection of courses for the autumn term 2020: 30 April.

For frequently asked questions such as how to apply for housing, insurance coverage etc., take a look here

We at the Art Academy offer two course packages, one on bachelor's level and one on master's level. Depending on your previous knowledge/wether you're a bachelor or a master student and how many ECTS in Fine Art courses you have, you may apply to either of the two packages. In order to find our course packages click here, check the box "Architecture, design, culture and art" under Subjects and they will appear. Both of them are called Artistic practice:

Artistic practice, bachelor's level, term 3

Artistic practice, master's level, term 1

On top of the 30 credits you take with us you have the possibility to apply for and be accepted to another 15 credits of courses offered by some other department within Umeå University.

Once you're here, besides the course package you have the option to sign up for the workshops that we offer. These will not give you any extra credits but hopefully provide you with new skills and if you want to you can always ask the teacher or professor holdig the workshop to certify that you have participated in his/her workshop.

Step 3. Work samples, motivation letter and CV
In addition to applying for courses you need to send your digital portfolio to us. This application should include approximtely 5 work samples, a motivation letter and your CV.  Send your application to

New extended deadline for sending us your work samples, motivation letter and CV for the autumn term 2020: 30 April.

Selection procedure

After the deadline, our professors will go through the incoming applications and decide who they want to offer a place based on the artistic quality of the student's portfolio and motivation letter. We always have to adjust to the total number of students at the school as we only have a certain number of studio places to offer so whether or not we'll be able to offer a place very much depends on how many students we have at the moment.